Andrew McKinney

Portrait of J Andrew McKinney

Biographical Information

J. Andrew  McKinney, Jr. specializes solely in Intellectual Property matters, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

            He was registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1991 and was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1995.  Mr. McKinney  studied electrical engineering at the University of South Florida  (B.S.E.E., 1983) and the Johns Hopkins University (M.S., 1987), and studied law at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1994).

            His engineering background includes research with the Electromagnetic Compatibility Analysis Center (ECAC) where he studied mechanisms affecting electromagnetic compatibility between avionics systems, an effort which included developing and executing test plans for radar and avionics receivers and spread-spectrum communications transmitters  and designing  RF and microwave test instruments (1983-1986).  He also served as a Technical Management Consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton where he managed satellite communications systems testing and evaluation projects (1986-1988).

            Mr. McKinney is a supporter of the arts community and is a frequent lecturer on Copyrights.  He is also an avid amateur loudspeaker builder (1975-present), has been a contributor to Voice Coil magazine (1995-1997) and is a featured columnist in the ALMA (loudspeaker manufacturers association) newsletter ALMANews writing the  “Ask Andy” series on patent, trademark and copyright issues.  He has also written a number of articles on intellectual property law published in the Baltimore legal newspaper, The Daily Record.

            Mr. McKinney is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), the Anne Arundel Bar Association (AABA) and the Bar Association of Baltimore City (BABC) and has given many Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentations on intellectual property law topics including several sponsored by these bar associations.  He served as co-Chair for the BABC technology committee and is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the American Bar Association (ABA), ALMA International(the loudspeaker manufacturer’s association) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Bar Admissions:

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office – April 15th, 1991

Maryland Court of Appeals – June 21st, 1995

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland – June 7th, 1999

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit – January 26th, 1999

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit – October 11th, 2002

U.S. Supreme Court – May 14th, 2007

Representative US Patents:

10,575,981 – Multi-appliance system and method for treating obstructive sleep apnea and correcting malocclusion simultaneously

10,443,250 – Method for continuously extruding and depositing an unbroken layer of mortar on a work surface or substrate

10,371,485 – Reticle and ballistic effect compensation method having gyroscopic precession compensated wind dots

10,327,086 – Head related transfer function equalization and transducer aiming of stereo dimensional array (SDA) loudspeakers

10,327,064 – Method and system for implementing stereo dimensional array signal processing in a compact single enclosure active loudspeaker product

10,184,752 – Firearm accessory mounting interface, mirage shield and ergonomic method for configuring rifle components and accessories

10,180,307 – Ballistic effect compensating reticle, aim compensation method and adaptive method for compensating for variations in ammunition or variations in atmospheric conditions

10,072,630 – Ocean wave energy absorbing kite system and method

9,866,961 – Multi-channel loudspeaker enclosure with laterally projecting wings and method for orienting and driving multiple loudspeakers

9,861,513 – System and method for treating obstructive sleep apnea and correcting malocclusion simultaneously
9,823,048 – Ballistic effect compensating reticle and aim compensation method

9,821,324 – Cup-shaped fluidic circuit, nozzle assembly and method

9,776,195 – Irrigation nozzle assembly and method

9,765,491 – Method and fluidic apparatus for generating pulsed and oscillating air flow for surface cleaning and sweeping

9,752,553 – Ocean wave energy absorbing kite system and method

9,664,809 – Metal object or feature detection apparatus and method

9,581,415 – Ballistic effect compensating reticle and aim compensation method

9,557,142 – Ballistic effect compensating reticle and aim compensation method with leveling reference and spin-drift compensated wind dots

9,555,422 – Irrigation spray nozzles for rectangular patterns

9,538,268 – Complementary asymmetric transducer configuration for lower distortion and extended range

9,426,576 – Loudspeaker and electrodynamic acoustic transducer with bulbous waveguide tip

9,374,640 – Method and system for optimizing center channel performance in a single enclosure multi-element loudspeaker line array

9,277,044 – Transportable wireless loudspeaker and system and method for managing multi-user wireless media playback over a media playback system

9,267,750 – Drop-in adjustable trigger assembly with camming safety linkage

9,185,490 – Single enclosure surround sound loudspeaker system and method

9,175,927 – Dynamic targeting system with projectile-specific aiming indicia in a reticle and method for estimating ballistic effects of changing environment and ammunition

9,173,257 – Low voltage LED dimmer with integrated universal switch mode power supply

9,164,594 – Method and apparatus for sensing spontaneous changes in a localized electromagnetic field and method for use

9,163,979 – Method for using a ribbon scale for adjusting the amount of french fries in a bag in a restaurant

9,157,246 – Method and apparatus for selectively extruding and applying a layer of mortar upon a selected surface

9,131,311 – Canal phones with structure and method for selectively passing or blocking environmental ambient sound and switchable electrical connections

9,121,672 – Ballistic effect compensating reticle and aim compensation method with sloped mil and MOA wind dot lines

8,638,968 – Low Profile Loudspeaker…

8,387,171 – Microflush urinal with oscillating nozzle

8,348,606 – Washer pump

8,205,812 – Enclosures for multiple fluidic oscillators

8,194,874 – In-room acoustic magnitude response smoothing via summation of correction signals

8,172,162 – High efficiency, multiple throat fluidic oscillator

D637,994 – Audio system (Design Patent)

7,817,812 – Compact audio reproduction system with large perceived acoustic size and image

7,694,450 – Removable optical sight mount

7,684,582 – Electrodynamic acoustic transducer

7,666,485 – Alkali metal-wax micropackets for alkali metal handling

7,495,952 – Relay-connected semiconductor transistors

7,494,097 – Method and transportable clamping apparatus for preparing mortar and cement mixtures on building or construction sites

7,476,865 – Radioactive decay based stable frequency source

7,301,453 – Locator system and method

7,301,254 – High efficiency radio isotope energy converters using both charge and kinetic energy of emitted particles.

7,222,451 – Quick disconnect bipod mount and clamp assembly

7,181,283 – Multi-user non blocking duplex wireless voice communication system and method

7,121,034s – Bipod mount and grip assembly

7,035,609 – Method and apparatus for automatically identifying an antenna connected to a radio transmitter and for automatically controlling a transmitter

6,938,726 – Field rebuildable low frequency loudspeaker driver having a removable diaphragm assembly, parts kit and method for rebuilding a loudspeaker driver in the field

6,757,523 – Configuration of transmit/receive switching in a transceiver

6,629,381 – Reinforced firearm sight support ring

6,567,529 – Low frequency loudspeaker driver having a polygonal diaphragm and method for mounting drivers in a tightly packed two-dimensional array

6,516,076 – Modular horn loudspeaker

6,238,400 – Method and [surgical] apparatus for trephination and irrigation of the frontal sinus cavity

5,760,501 – Compression driver motor structure

D447,532 – Removable mount for firearm sight

Expert Witness, IP topics:


Representative Cases:

Inoxcrom, Inc. v. GMPC et al, (D.NJ, 2001-CV-2899JWB) (design patent infringement).

Bond v. Blum et al, (D.Md.,  2001-2600 MJG), 317 F.3d 385 (4th Cir. 2003) (copyright infringement, fair use, copyright misuse), 540 US 820 (cert. denied).

Imgarten v.  BellBoy Corp, et al,   (D.Md., 2001, L-00-3178) (trade secret misappropriation)

Entry-Master v. Chamberlain, (D.Md., 2002-CV-1589) (trademark infringement).

Keng’s Firearms Specialties, Inc. v. Ross, (D.D.C., 2004-CV-01836) (patent infringement).

Presto Electric v. Kindt & Seeco, Inc., (D.Pa., 2007-CV-00758) (trademark Infringement).

Representative  Publications

The Daily Record, 09/28/00, Small-Business Law: Protect Your Business Ideas

ipFrontline™, 1/23/2002, Business Methodology Patents & E-Commerce Business Planning

ipFrontline™, 3/13/2002, Recognizing An Intellectual Property Law Issue, A Brief Primer On Trademarks, Copyrights And Patents

ipFrontline™, 3/20/2002, Use It Right Or Lose It: Seven Easy Tips For Proper Trademark Usage

The Daily Record, 06/13/02, Intellectual Property – A stitch in time,IP and Employment Agreements

ipFrontline™, 10/9/2002, Avoiding Conflicts with Employees Over Intellectual Property Rights

Maryland Bar Journal, May/June 2004, Avoiding Trademark Genericide

MSBA BAR BULLETIN, November 2004, A new “zero-tolerance” copyright standard for sampling in digital recording.

MSBA BAR BULLETIN, March 2005, Bar Bulletin Focus-Intellectual Property, Easy and Fun Copyright Ideas to Fight Firm Website Plagiarism

MSBA Annual Meeting Program, June 2008,  IP Section Panel Discussion:  Tips for handling Patent, Trademark, Domain Name & E-Commerce Issues.

MSBA IP Section Newsletter, Fall 2010, vol. 3,  Bilski v. Kappos: Where Do We Go From Here?

Maryland Bar Journal, Sept./Oct. 2012, The Most Significant Practical Effects of the America Invents Act (“AIA”) for Business Owners & Transactional Attorneys